Psycho-Babble 2000 Thread 561007

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a probably rambling update!

Posted by NikkiT2 on September 29, 2005, at 14:17:10


OK, probably going to be quite rambly, but brain is tired!!

Been at the new job 2 weeks now.. I am enjoying it thoroughly, but just got over the honeymoon period, and feeling a bit lost and very unsure of myself right now.. I'm used to simply having work thrown at me, being checked regularly, and its actually really difficult not having this at the moment. All the jobs I have are huge great things, so its hard to know really where to start. So lost is the word I think..

The commute is also quite tough going.. 90 minutes of public transport every morning and every evening.. lots of reading time.. but I am NOT enjoying it what iota.

BUT.. more about the job.. In the UK, in the NHS, we have Mental Health Trusts.. This is normally one major hospital, plus then community clinics (CMHT's.. community mental health team). London has 11 seperate MH trusts (over view can be found here.. and I work for one of those trusts. I work for their Personality Disorder Service, which has 3 seperate services (well, 2 but new one opens next month) - one for people with a PD (but not anti social PD) with substance abuse problems, one for anyone with a PD diagnoses and one that is based around the "mellow parenting" model, for teaching parenting skills for people with a PD who's children are at risk of being taken into care.. The first two use DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) as their main treatment method.
I'm partly PA to the head of service (A consultant clinical psychologist) and the team leader (a occupational therapist who is a fully trained therapist), and the rest project manager for the projects.. My main tasks at the moment are fixing our patient records database (which is also used for research statistics) and building a website for all 3 services.. You'll all get to see the website of course *grins* I will also line manage the admin team (currently 3 people), but I have asked if this could wait for a while.

Its so fascinating learning about it all.. HUGE learning curve *lol* I'm really looking forward to learning more about the mellow parenting (which we still don't have a name for... I must ponder harder!) especially.

Oh, and one of the best bits? Next week one of my colleagues will be bringing her two dogs in every friday.. they're both qualified PAT dogs ( and even have their own staff pass cards!! It will be so lovely to have dogs with us, and I am terribly excited!!

Its a really forward thinking place to work.. I am being told I *have* to go to the yoga group (connected to DBT mindfullness skills) when it starts as an example..

I know I will settle into it all in time.. but its just taking me a little while to get there. I need to really get my teeth into the website I think.. I know I will really enjoy that, but Im waiting for the software. the database won't be so much fun, but at the moment its just working out how it works, and commenting out some pointless security stuff that is causing problems.

Right.. I'm going to go get in the bath and relax!! This commuting malarky is also filthy!!

Promise to make an effort to post more and reply to emails on time etc ec etc!!

Nikki xxx


Can you guess what I'll suggest? *g* NikkiT2

Posted by Racer on September 30, 2005, at 12:36:22

In reply to a probably rambling update!, posted by NikkiT2 on September 29, 2005, at 14:17:10

You know me, Empress of the Outline...

I highly recommend making outlines, and *especially* organizational charts, for the website. What I always did (and do, when I actually get off my lazy last-end-over-the-fence to put up a website) is to make a formal organizational chart that shows the links between pages. Start at the top with the home page, then show the next level of pages as assistants, etc. It makes it ever so much easier.

My problem with websites has always been, and probably will always be, that I have virtually no visual imagination! I can do all the coding and organizing and all that -- but have no idea whatsoever how to make a visually appealing site. The upside of that, of course, is that my sites tend to be low bandwith, and easy to read and navigate... {sigh} Oh, well. As a visual designer, I make a great coder...

Your job sounds like a great experience. That's the sort of thing I always loved -- a certain level of autonomy, variety, and something you care about. I hope you find that it continues to be good -- and that you find a way around that commute. Weren't you looking to move house to be nearer?

Good to hear from you, Miss Prince.


Re: Can you guess what I'll suggest? *g* Racer

Posted by NikkiT2 on September 30, 2005, at 14:15:46

In reply to Can you guess what I'll suggest? *g* NikkiT2, posted by Racer on September 30, 2005, at 12:36:22

Thats what I've done so far... draw a "map" of the website.. more a spider diagram than an organisational chart at the moment though, and sketched out on paper rough designs for the basics..

Need to take my camera to work on monday and try to get a nice photo to make into a header..

We will be moving down that way soon.. but I can't seem to get off my backside and start sorting this place out *L*

I am sooo tired though!!

Feeling brighter about it tonight though after a good chat with "the boss" *L*

Its all good as my ozzie mate always says!!!

Nikki xx


Re: Can you guess what I'll suggest? *g*

Posted by Kath on November 26, 2005, at 16:09:41

In reply to Re: Can you guess what I'll suggest? *g* Racer, posted by NikkiT2 on September 30, 2005, at 14:15:46

Oh Nikki - a whole bunch of questions (after the hugs) ((((((((((((((((((((you)))))))))))))))))

Do you have any idea how excited I am for you?

Do you have any idea how PROUD I am of you?

Do you have any idea how happy I am for you?

and on & on.

Oh My Gawd. I am so so glad Nik. Imagine being forced to do stuff like go to yoga?!!

You, my dear, deserve this happening to you. (Not the 90 minute trek, mind you).

What books have you been reading lately?

have ya read The Secret Life of Bees. I loved it.

As to the name of the parenting group...I think Mellow Parenting sounds pretty good, myself!!!

Hope to "be here" more, since we now have high-speed & I can sit in the living room with the keyboard on my lap & not be away in the back room all by meself!

luv ya Nik. Kath


off-topic for Racer

Posted by finelinebob on August 15, 2006, at 21:40:51

In reply to Can you guess what I'll suggest? *g* NikkiT2, posted by Racer on September 30, 2005, at 12:36:22

I had no idea you were a fellow code monkey -- by profession or for recreation?

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